About Us

imageDavid R. Gonzalez


David R. Gonzalez received his master degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Performance Enhancement & Injury Prevention from California University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor degree in Sports and Exercise Science with concentration in Cardiac Rehab & Strength & Conditioning from Florida International University. He also graduated from the Physical Therapy Assistant program in Miami Dade College.

David is the owner of the Institute of Functional Performance, a company dedicated to providing quality and professional services in the areas of Fitness, Massage and Bodywork and Physical Therapy. He also provides educational seminars and CEU classes for massage therapists and personal trainers. He is licensed as a physical therapist assistant and massage therapist in the state of Florida and has been a certified personal trainer for the last 16 years. By combining his expertise, David has been able to maximize his practice by integrating the best of bodywork manipulations and exercise in order to help improve health, resulting in excellent quality of care to his patients and clients.

Besides working for IFP, David is also an Assistant Professor at Miami Dade College where he teaches in the massage therapy program. Some of David’s work experience includes positions as personal trainer and massage therapist for the prestigious Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in Aventura, Fla, Nunez Tennis Academy, Pritikin Longevity Center and Florida College of Natural Health. 

He is currently a member of American Physical Therapy Association, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the Florida State Massage Therapy Association, where he is the First Vice President and Chair of the Education & Sports Massage Therapy Team's Dade County Chapter.

Some of his accomplishments include being elected three times (2005, 2008 & 2010) Sports Massage Therapist of the Year by the Florida State Massage Therapy Association in Dade County. He was also elected Teacher of the Year while teaching at the Florida College of Natural Health and was a Teacher of the Year nominee for the state of Florida's Career College Association (CCA), both in 2003.

David holds certifications with the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) as Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as Health & Fitness Instructor (ACSM-HFI), and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES). He is also certified with the American Red Cross as a CPR & AED Instructor and with Kinesio as a Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner (CKTP).